Federal Judge Strikes Down RNC Protest Restrictions In Cleveland

The city plans to appeal the decision.

June 23, 2016

Today a Federal judge overturned restrictions that would confine demonstrations during next week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The restrictions were put in place by the city and the lawsuit to overturn them was made by the ACLU, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report. U.S. District Judge James Gwin made the ruling. The suit claimed that a "3.5 mile-square-mile "event zone" around the Quicken Loans Arena — where the convention will take place — was unconstitutional." According to Politico, the proposed restrictions "would ban certain items, including large backpacks, tape and string, and limit where within the 3.5 square mile zone demonstrators can speak and hold a parade."

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The ACLU's suit claimed those restrictions stating where protesters could demonstrate were unfair. The ruling comes days after Cleveland had massive crowds downtown for the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship parade and celebration.

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